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Hill, William Henry (?–1900)

On Friday last, at his residence, Waverley, says the Sydney Daily Telegraph of the 12th instant, there died one of the colony's pioneers, Mr. William H. Hill, who, though he had reaped little public reward or recognition, had done much towards Australia's advancements. Many a far back station was marked out by W. H. Hill, amongst others Bowen Downs and the Narran stations. Mr. Hill was the personal friend of many men famous in Australian history, notably Hargreaves, Kennedy, Leichhardt, and Sir Thomas Mitchell. The lastmentioned he once met when out looking for new country. He was also one of the first of many on the new goldfields in the good old roaring days. The late pioneer was like Tyson inasmuch as in those early days he was a great dealer in mobs of cattle and horses, teams of working bullocks, &c. In company with Mr. Allen Macpherson, he was the last white man to see and speak with the much lamented explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, near Mount Inviting, and on parting with the since unheard of traveller brought in that unfortunate man's last despatches. Mr. Hill was thus a link connecting the past and present. Like most men who had seen much of wild life in these carly days, he dearly loved the bush.

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'Hill, William Henry (?–1900)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/hill-william-henry-17082/text28922, accessed 28 July 2017.

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